Implementing this new bylaw is another way members can feel safer within the community.
A new animal bylaw has been created that limits the type of dogs members are allowed to have. If you are considering bringing a new dog into your home, please read the new bylaw and understand how it affects you as a dog owner and community member.
From now on, restricted dogs are NOT allowed on reserve according to section 4.1 of the new bylaw. This rule means members cannot own, breed, transport, or transfer any of the restricted dog types, which include the following:
Pit bull terrier
Staffordshire bull terrier
American staffordshire terrier
The only exceptions are restricted breeds in the community before the new bylaw was created (prior ownership). These dogs are grandfathered in and are allowed to stay, provided you take care of these pets according to the new bylaw. If you have a dog from one of the breeds listed above, contact GFN to learn about your options and ask any questions.
What if I Already Have a Dog From the Restricted Dogs List?
Any restricted dogs remaining in the community must be muzzled and leashed if outside of a protective enclosure. The owner is responsible for ensuring that animals are always safely controlled, even in a pen, crate, or yard with a fence.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact GFN.
Picking Up Your Dog Waste
Owners must pick up their dog's poop in yards and within the community and place it in the trash. It is the owner's responsibility to buy a sufficient supply of poop bags.
Dog Care Rules
Only members who can provide the following necessities of life will be allowed to own, breed, or transport dogs:
Clean, potable drinking water at all times
Sufficient amounts of high-quality food
Adequate exercise, space, and shelter to protect from cold, rain, and heat
Never left in cars with windows up
Safety and health
Veterinary care where required
Dogs are a lot of work, and owning one requires a big commitment for many years. Everything from obedience training to play, exercise, and mental stimulation is essential for a dog's health and happiness. Caring for a dog comes with a lot of responsibility.
Learn More About the New Animal Bylaw
GFN has specific expectations and bylaws to ensure a safe and secure community and healthy pets.
For more information about the new animal control rules, visit the bylaws section of the GFN website: https://www.gitgaatnation.ca/policies-bylaws.